Savannah city leaders ask for input on new arena

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City leaders and neighbors trying to compromise on the future of Savannah. The big topic on the table right is the city’s new arena.

A much anticipated multi-million dollar arena has been designed and awaits groundbreaking. But a change in Savannah requires feedback all across the board.

“It’s important that we have these public meetings and we’re doing this in every one of the 6 districts in the city,” District 2 Alderman Bill Durrence, says.

As city leaders move forward in making Savannah more suitable for big events, including a new arena.

Alderman Durrence spoke about the arena as well as other projects to be built with SPLOST funds. He says everyone needs to be on the same page.

“We’ve anticipated about $140 million dollars worth of expense in building the area. That money is coming from SPLOST revenue. And we are on target to begin work on that, the design work is just getting started now,” Durrence said.

Construction is set to begin early next year then vertical construction during the summer.

They’re anticipating completion by Fall 2021.

Durrence says he wants people to understand the potential behind the money.”There are limits to the way we can spend that money. There are limits to how much money that is. But within those limits how would you want us to spend the money if you want to have us get that revenue,” he says.

Which is why city leaders are discussing SPLOST 7 which would fund projects after the arena and Canal District. They say they want people to understand the power of SPLOST dollars and it’s ability to bring much needed local improvements.

The next two meeting two meetings will be held:

Tuesday, October 16

Calvary Baptist Temple Chapel, 4625 Waters Ave

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17

Temple of Glory Community Church Sanctuary, 1105 Stiles Ave.

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

If you would like to share your input but can’t make it to either meeting. You can here.

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